Boston Arts

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Boston Arts

Boston Arts are well represented with Broadway theater, multicultural theatre, dance, poetry to classical, ballet, opera, fine art and contemporary art museums.

Museum of Fine Arts
DESCRIPTION: From its first location in Copley Square through today, the MFA has completed a series of renovation, move and expansion projects. This encyclopedic museum is home to exhibits from all periods of history and many cultures, includes Wood carvings, terracotta, and metalwork in galleries for the Asia, Oceania, Africa, Europe the Americas, the Ancient WorldWestern and Central Africa. It is considered one of the top art museums in the world.
ADMISSION: $25 and below
DAYS & HOURS: Sat-Tue 10a-4:45p,
 Wed-Fri 10a-9:45p
ADDRESS: 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA MAP
PARKING: on premises, but limited so take transit or a taxi
RAPID TRANSIT: Green Line at Museum of Fine Arts Station
PHONE: 617-267-9300
WEBSITE: http://www.mfa.org

Berklee College of Music
DESCRIPTION: Its the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. It hangs its hat on the study of jazz, modern American music, but also offers college-level courses in Hip-Hop, Rock, Flamenco, Reggae, Salsa and Heavy Metal. In 1945, pianist, composer, arranger and MIT graduate Lawrence Berk founded Schillinger House, the precursor to the Berklee. In 2015, Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory agreed to a merger. Today, it has 6400 students.
ADDRESS: 921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
RAPID TRANSIT: none
PHONE: 617-747-2274
WEBSITE: https://www.berklee.edu/

Institute of Contemporary Art
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1936 and the first American museum for contemporary art; established a reputation for identifying important new contemporary artists in all media; In 1999, the city of Boston selected the ICA as the recipient of a waterfront site for a new museum that would be the cultural cornerstone of the Fan Pier redevelopmen; today the new 65,000-square-foot building with column-free galleries, moveable walls, 15 1/2-foot ceilings can really flex its wings as a pacesetter presenting visual, film, video, performance and literature arts
ADMISSION: $12 adults, $10 students and seniors
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Wed 10a-5p, Thu-Fri 10a-9p, 
Sat-Sun 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA MAP
PARKING: on premises, but limited so take transit or a taxi
RAPID TRANSIT: n.a.
PHONE: 617-266-5152
WEBSITE: http://www.icaboston.org

Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
DESCRIPTION: Ocean breezes, a brilliant city skyline, and Boston’s historic, working harbor set the stage for a summer night’s enjoyment. Every summer, this covered outdoor venue showcases all musical genres.
BOX OFFICE: purchase from LiveNation
ADDRESS: 290 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA MAP
PARKING: nearby garages
RAPID TRANSIT: n.a.
PHONE: 617-728-1600
WEBSITE: http://www.bostonpavilion.net

Boch Center
DESCRIPTION: A two-theatre complex that honors all aspects of performing arts, including the Boston Ballet Boston Lyric Opera, dance companies and Broadway musicals. Within the complex is 3600-seat Wang Theatre began life in 1925 as the Metropolitan Theatre and was hailed as a magnificent movie French-inspired cathedral with crystal chandeliers and doorways of imported marble that formed an elegant lobby for the early days of movies and Vaudeville acts. It was renamed the Music Hall in 1962 and after a major renovation, it was renamed the Wang Theatre in 1983. In 2006, the arts complex announced a long-term sponosrship by Citigroup, hence the addition of “Citi” as an umbrella name. 1500-seat fully restored Shubert Theatre within the arts complex, also enjoys a distinguished history as the Little Princess of Boston theaters. Everyone can’t afford theatre tickets, so Boch also brings vital arts education and community outreach programs to Boston.
BOX OFFICE: daily
ADDRESS: 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA MAP
PARKING: nearby garages
RAPID TRANSIT: Boylston Street MBTA Station
PHONE: 617-482-9393
WEBSITE: http://www.bochcenter.org

Wilbur Theatre
DESCRIPTION: This 1200-seat theater opened in 1914 and has been the scene of many landmark theatrical productions, including A Streetcar Named Desire starring Marlon Brando before he blew up as as movie star
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Sat (non-performance days) Noon-6p
ADDRESS: 246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA MAP
PARKING: validated parking from Archstone Garage on show nights
RAPID TRANSIT: Boylston Street MBTA Station
PHONE: 617-248-9700
WEBSITE: https://thewilbur.com

Boston Center for the Arts
DESCRIPTION: not-for-profit performing and visual arts complex that supports working artists to create, perform and exhibit new works, develops new audiences, and connects the arts to community; the complex includes the Cyclorama, SpeakEasy Stage Company and Sugan Theatre Company; BCA presents contemporary works by established and emerging regional, national, and international visual artists via six large-scale exhibitions in the Mills Gallery each year; resident companies include Company One, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Theater Offensive, Publick Theater, Up You Mighty Race and Pilgrim Theatre Company.
BOX OFFICE: Wed-Thu Noon-5p, Fri-Sat Noon–10p,
 Sun Noon–5p
ADDRESS: 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA MAP
PARKING: nearby garages
RAPID TRANSIT: Back Bay MBTA Station
PHONE: 617-426-5000
WEBSITE:
http://www.bcaonline.org

Colonial Theatre
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1900 on the site of the former Boston Public Library, it faces the Boston Common. For more than 100 years, the theater has hosted some of the finest Broadway plays. Beautifully restored to the detailed grandeur of its hey day, while preserving superb acoustics.
BOX OFFICE: Performance Weeks: Mond 10a–6p, Tue–Sat 10a–8p, Sun Noon–½ hour after last curtain time or 6p
ADDRESS: 106 Boylston Street, Boston, MA MAP
PARKING: nearby garages
RAPID TRANSIT: Boylston Street MBTA Station
PHONE: 617-426-9366
WEBSITE: http://www.bostonscolonialtheatre.com

Boston Opera House
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 1928, the venue has been host to everything from extrvagant vaudeville to a movie screen; this venue hosted Disney’s The Lion King inaugural production; after a recent multi-million-dollar renovation, the Opera House is once again an architectural jewel for Opera and Broadway-style productions like A Chorus Line and Dirty Dancing
BOX OFFICE: purchase from LiveNation
ADDRESS: 539 Washington Street, Boston, MA MAP
PARKING: garages in Theatre District
RAPID TRANSIT: Boylston MBTA Station
PHONE: 617-426-9366
WEBSITE: http://www.bostonoperahouse.com

Orpheum Theater
DESCRIPTION: Opened as the Music Hall in 1852 and once served as the original home of the New England Conservatory; though it has been restored a few times, the grand lobby is dated, seating legroom is lacking and the ladies restroom line is always looooooonnng; that doesn’t seem to matter to patrons who come for the short sightlines, loud acoustics and good times enjoyed during Rock, R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop and Comedy acts
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Sat 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 1 Hamilton Place, Boston, MA MAP
PARKING: garage on Tremont Street
RAPID TRANSIT: Park Street MBTA Station
PHONE: 617-482-0650
WEBSITE: http://www.crossroadspresents.com/about-orpheum-theatre.html

Charles Playhouse
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1839 as a church, it has evolved into a playhouse in 1958; today it is Boston’s most active Off-Broadway Theatre space has a long history in Boston’s Theatre District. The theater is intimate and acoustically great. Home theatre for Blue Man Group and Shear Madness.
BOX OFFICE: a Ticketmaster venue
ADDRESS: 74 Warrenton Street, Boston, MA MAP
PARKING: nearby garages
RAPID TRANSIT: Boylston MBTA Station
PHONE: 617-426-6912
WEBSITE: http://www.charlesplayhouse.com

Stuart Street Playhouse
DESCRIPTION: Originally built as a cinema in 1970, the Stuart Street Playhouse was converted into a live performance space called the 57 Theater in 1996. In 2000, the theater was redesigned with a new outer lobby and other amenities to enhance patron experience and renamed Stuart Street Playhouse.
BOX OFFICE: in Radisson Hotel, hours vary by show
ADDRESS: 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA MAP
PARKING: garage attached to Radisson Hotel
RAPID TRANSIT: Boylston MBTA Station
PHONE: 617-426-4499
WEBSITE: http://www.stuartstreetplayhouse.com

Huntington Theatre Company
DESCRIPTION: Though built in 1925, the building was established in 1982 as the Boston University Theatre; it has garnered national acclaim for its ambitious program of important new plays, freshly revived classics and major musicals. It has featured plays like Ain’t Misbehavin and August Wilson’s Radio Golf.
BOX OFFICE: Noon-6p or 8p, depending show times
ADDRESS: 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston University Theatre, Boston, MA MAP
PARKING: campus parking lot
RAPID TRANSIT: Massachusetts Ave MBTA Station
PHONE: 617-266-0800
WEBSITE: http://www.huntingtontheatre.org

Loeb Drama Center
DESCRIPTION: Home of American Repertory Theatre and one of the country’s most celebrated resident theaters and winner of numerous awards. This internationally acclaimed company presents a mix of drama, music, comedy, beloved masterpieces and important new works. Offers a pre-performance and post-performance discussion series (Saturday matinees).
BOX OFFICE: Tue-Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 64 Brattle Street in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA MAP
PARKING: campus parking lot
RAPID TRANSIT: Harvard Square MBTA Station
PHONE: 617-547-8300
WEBSITE: http://www.amrep.org

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1978, this visual and performing arts center features a multicultural theatre, dance, music, poetry and gallery exhibitions.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 10:30a-6p; art galleries are open Mon-Fri 10a-6p
ADDRESS: 41 Second Street, Cambridge, MA MAP
PARKING: nearby parking lot
RAPID TRANSIT: Lechmere MBTA Station
PHONE: 617-577-1400
WEBSITE: http://www.cmacusa.org

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